VA Circles of Hell - First Circle - Avernus - SERFREE002
German dark psytrance label Scared Evil Records has been full of industry and productivity. Enthusiastically working to spread the carnal sounds of msic which explores one's more primal nature, its DJs and artists are spread aross three continents, creating ever more twisted tunes in the studio and performing regularly at some of the largest events in the US, Europs and Brazil, as well as selflessly releaing many of their creations free for the world to enjoy.
Enter their latest compilation, "Avernus", the first in a nine-album series of free dark psytrance compilations titled "Circles of Hell". Featuring ten tracks of gripping bassbeats, sense-shredding synth arrangements, and pulse-stopping intensity, this compilation encapsulates the talent and know-how of each of these artists perfectly, with nearly every bar packed with enough scary sounds to keep your feet jumping, your juices pumping and your hairs standing in formation along the back of your arms and neck.
01. Psychoz - Stranded RMX
02. Sick Noise - Totalna Katastrofa
03. System Crash - Gabba Hippi
04. Satanic Mutant - Exorcist Devil
05. Spezifisch - Blue Pill
06. Notag - Therapy Time
07. Gloomy Phantom - Hard Black and full of Hate
09. Noized - Nuclear Swamp Monster
10. Pan Gohr - Horror Visions
Silent Enemy (Korey)
Psychoz - Stranded (Rmx)
Eerie, dissonant pads, ethereal chantings of children, and rhythms forged of gothic and acid influences stitched together by a diesel bassbeat make up the beginnings of this Psychoz piece. Layers continue to build in hair-raising intensity, punctuated by momentary breakdowns to catch a quick breath. Before this track is halfway through, the malevolence of this orchestration is in full effect, pummeling your ego as brutally as your feet pummel the dancefloor.
Sick Noise - Totalna Katastrofa
Sick Noise of Serbia contributes a track that sends you straight at the outer reaches of space, where alien horrors wait to devour you. Some great tension and release moments keep the drive pumping, with every bar filled with foreground saw wave goodness curtained by resonant tweets from the rear. Indistrial pads and cascading effects contrast dynamically against insatiably pounding bassbeats and crisp, well-timed percussion.
System Crash - Gabba Hippi
This track begins with a fast-paced kick and bass setting the foundations for minimalistic, glitch-techy effects. Layer upon layer introduces itself subtly and superbly and every iteration of sound grows in character and intensity with each repitition. Before long, a wide cast of uniquely synthesized bleeps and squirts arrange each other over and over into complex rhythms guaranteed to keep the dancefloor antics fresh.
Satanic Mutant - Exorcist Devil
Deepening the spiral further is a funky arrangement propelled by mean, aggressive bass, in-your-face leads, and ever-evolving arrays of acid stabs and intertwined electric pandemonium. This track changes form time and time again, its sounds rearranging and reinventing themselves into constantly new heart pounding and adrenalin-releasing combinations which get your head nodding and yor feet tapping.
Spezifisch - Blue Pill
Glassy, alien pads usher in a heavily filtered bassbeat which quickly expand until it is more than a mouthful in its fullness.Low, rumbling squshiness echoes from the corners of the panorama, and combined with the neatly reverbed drums creates a large sonic space for the menacing bass to stretch its legs... as well as yours. The second half of this track grows in intensity as each scary sound presses closer and scrubs your ears with the feeling of steel wool balls of sound.
Notag - Therapy Times
"Therapy" wastes little time revealing itself as the peak-hour full moon thumper it is. Heavy bass and sharply filtered kickdrums pound out wave after wave of knee-bending, synapse-snapping sensory madness. This piece is indeed to immerse you in scary scenes of saturated saw waves and corrosive, face-melting effects and automations. The twisted contortions of the altter half leave nothing to be desired as ghostly synth work collides with dribbling digital candy.
Gloomy Phantom - Hard, Black, and Full of Hate
Scared Evil founder Gloomy Phantom picks up the pace markedly with his contribution. Before two mintues have passed, this track is in full overdrive, from the low, punchy bass to the acid synths which tie the highs together. The tension and mood progress in delightful asymmetry, riding an increasing wave of intensity which keeps your feet at close attention. Spooky opera influences and incessant acid leads all throw in to create the darkest of dark dancefloor moods.
Axis Mundi vs. Silent Enemy - Mind Within Mind
This collaborative effort explores more inward forms of insanity. A crisply produced hybrid of dark acid trance and neurotic goth-metal influences makes for a fast paced journey through a horror house of sound. Digital hobgoblins jump at you from the left and right as spectrum-roaming acid leads throughout each of the two main bodies, building in tenstion on their own and punctuated by saddening and slightly disturbing vocal testimony.
Noized - Nuclear Swarm
German trance engineer Noized hits the synths yet again, and the resulting output is nothing short of solid, dribbling, self-devouring madness. Stitched with precision and style and born to be heard in the wild, "Swarm" depicts a post apocalyptic ecosystem of sound painted with sounds of the natural deavily infused into the digital. Heavily filtered and expertly arranged rhythms and stabs color all dimensions of the sound and make your feet and heart pound.
Pan Gohr - Horror Visions
Last but not least, "Horror" portrays pulse-quickening environments of nocturnal neighborhoods of audio entities and dark, twisting energies. Explosive effects and growling, snarling synthwork jump on your back and do not let go no matter how hard you shake your body. By the end of this high tempo rager, you will be picking up the pieces of your senses from every corner of the dancefloor. A truly fitting end to this collection of the darkest of dark psytrance sounds.
text by Axis Mundi